Last week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daisy, Lincoln and a small team of Inhumans gathered together to rescue the other half of the team. After briefly kicking some butt, they returned home only to find out that Hive had corrupted one of them with his brain-control powers. One internal struggle later, it was discovered that Daisy was the victim. She busted up S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ a bit, stole some Kree artifacts and then ran off to be with her new bff. This week, ‘The Singularity’ presents the aftermath of all that. Scroll on for a play-by-play.
We begin in the midst of the chaos caused by Daisy’s escape. The base is torn up and everyone is trying to figure out what happened while preparing HQ against any potential attacks. But Coulson isn’t willing to wait around and set things in order. He’s on the warpath to tackle Hive and get Daisy back. Unfortunately, Hive’s powers make that a bit complicated.
So, once again, the team splits up to cover all their bases. Coulson, May and Lincoln head out after another Inhuman whom they think Hive will try to corrupt. It’s that self-replicating lady, Alisha – a potentially powerful tool in the hands of their enemy. They camp at her safe house, but it’s too late. Hive has her in its grasp and, one fight later, S.H.I.E.L.D. is forced to off a couple of her clones without gaining any intel in the process.
Meanwhile, Daisy and Ward and hanging out and chatting about feelings and stuff. They then take a trip to visit James – that one dude who had the Kree sphere. After giving him a dose of Inhuman-creating dust, Hive jumps into his head and creates yet another ally for team evil. They also pick up another artifact, one that can, apparently, kill Hive when used properly.
Eventually, S.H.I.E.L.D. tracks Ward to James’ place, but they’re far too late. They find the remains of Hive’s presence there, including a bomb left especially for them. Another failed mission and they’ve no other choice but to return home and deal with Talbot and the ATCU. He’s been using Malick’s intel to find the remaining power structure of HYDRA. And in one fell swoop, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s oldest enemy is crippled beyond recovery. Of course, the bigger bad guy is still out there…
The other S.H.I.E.L.D. quest involves Fitz, Simmons and Mack attending a fancy party for people who have been genetically modified by a certain Doctor Radcliffe. They hope that they can get information from the good Doctor about how to bypass the mind-affecting bits of Hive’s powers. They do finally meet up with the Doctor, but a short time later Hive and his cronies come busting in. They smack the team around a bit and steal away what may be S.H.I.E.L.D.’s only chance of getting their friend back.
After all is said and done, Hive tries to convince Radcliffe that he needs to help them recreate the Kree experiments of old, messing with the genetics of humans as to craft more Inhumans at will. And, finally, Fitz and Simmons get a little time out of their busy schedules to do the nasty.
It’s hard to talk about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. these days without mentioning again and again how solid the series has become. This week’s episode presented some pretty interesting stuff, such as the Transhumanism movement. Such an addition allows for the introduction of a great many other super-powered beings that aren’t Inhumans. The writers of S.H.I.E.L.D. can really run with this if they want to, though I suspect they’ll be wrapping up the story of Hive before they go down that long, winding road.
There was also the strangely anti-climactic fall of HYDRA. It’s hard to think that the organization which has so long plagued S.H.I.E.L.D. is now gone. I suspect they’re not completely snuffed out, though they sure ain’t what they used to be. This event also marks a point in the show where it seems as if the focus will be more on Inhumans and other card-carrying super villains rather than a shady, top-secret villain organization. There’s potential in this movement, although there’s also plenty of potential for the show to get out of hand and lose its grounding in reality. If all we get to see in future seasons are super power throw-downs, S.H.I.E.L.D. could get old, and fast.
In the end, another excellent episode that chose to focus on the long-term story of S.H.I.E.L.D. rather than bombarding us with gimmicks or bite-sized chunks of side plots. The show has matured greatly over the years and it really shines through. And so I praise the same qualities yet again – editing, writing, characters and, above all, pacing. Now that the endgame is in sight, I’m eager to see how they wrap it all up and if the finale episodes will be worth the wait.
Next week, ‘Failed Experiments’. Just three more episodes left for the season and things look to be heating up. Hive is trying to turn people into war machines and S.H.I.E.L.D. needs to move fast in order to stop him while still trying to rescue those who have fallen under his influence. Check out the trailer for that one below.